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No More Government Censorship of Our Churches

no-more-government-censorshipFree the Pulpits of America Up Again!

Since the beginning of this great nation, Americans have been committed to the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and religion. It requires that our government respect every individual’s legal right to practice their religious beliefs, speak freely of their moral convictions, operate schools and colleges, and live peacefully with others without government interference.

For over 60 years, however, the Johnson Amendment has been prohibiting free speech in our churches. Many pastors and other religious leaders have been afraid to speak biblical truth from their pulpits for fear of harassment and punishment by the government who can take away their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

Erik Stanley, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, recently remarked, “Americans don’t need a federal tax agency to be the speech police of churches or any other non-profit groups, who have a constitutionally protected freedom to decide for themselves what they want to say or not say.”

A new bill, The Free Speech Fairness Act, has been introduced by Representative Jody Hice and Senator James Lankford, that will restrict the enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and allow churches to speak freely of politics and other matters without intimidation by the IRS. Erik Stanley further commented, “By removing the threat of an IRS investigation and potential penalties based simply, for example, on what a pastor says from the pulpit, this bill brings the law into conformity with the First Amendment. This law that was enacted by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, and was never intended to affect churches and other non-profit groups but has been used to intimidate them ever since. The government can’t base any tax exemption on a requirement that a church or any other non-profit organization surrender a constitutionally protected freedom, including free speech.”

In recent years the Alliance Defending Freedom (http://www.adflegal.org/) has attempted to challenge the Johnson Amendment through the Pulpit Freedom Initiative, which urges church ministers to violate the statute in protest. The ADF contends that the amendment violates First Amendment rights.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for the repeal of the amendment. At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump, vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment.

Please pray that the Free Speech Fairness Act will be approved, and the Johnson Amendment will eventually be overturned. Pray that pastors and other religious leaders will no longer be intimidated or harassed by the IRS for preaching political matters and be able to speak freely of biblical issues deemed “off limits” by the government.

– Luis Josephus

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Join the Pulpit Freedom Movement

For almost the first 200 years in America, pastors spoke freely and boldly from their pulpit about the issues of the day, including candidates running for office. But in 1954, the passage of one piece of legislation effectively overturned this freedom: The Johnson Amendment. A pastor’s pulpit should be accountable to God alone, and the future of religious freedom in America depends on it. The good of our society depends upon the ability of churches to speak freely. When the church is silent, the culture suffers.

It’s time to put an end to the Johnson Amendment. Go to:

https://www.adflegal.org/issues/religious-freedom/church/key-issues/pulpit-freedom-sunday
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. http://www.adflegal.org/

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The Grace of Giving

“…be strong in the grace of giving…But I want to see if your love for God is really true.”  – 2 CORINTHIANS 8:7-8

Donating to Real Jesus Ministries is "seed sown on good soil."

Donating to Real Jesus Ministries is “seed sown on good soil.”

Have you ever realized that your desire to give to your church or other ministries is a GIFT (Greek: Charis) from God? When you are moved in your heart to give your tithes and offerings, you are responding to a special gift that God has placed in your heart. If God did not place that gift there in the first place, you would continue to live the selfish, self-centered existence that we are all naturally inclined to pursue as a result of our fallen natures.

When God places the desire to give of your finances to a worthy ministry like Real Jesus Ministries, He waits to see how you will respond. Will you ignore the Holy Spirit’s promptings? Will you pretend you never heard Him speak to you and continue to hoard your money and hope some other person will make up the difference? Will you continue to argue that you can’t trust ministries anymore because of the financial abuses of others in the past? Or, will you reflect on how much you love God and how grateful you are for what He has done in your life and are more than willing to show your gratitude – by supporting those who are genuinely doing His work?

“But I want to see if your love for God is really true.”

The decision to give, or not to give, is a matter of having the right attitude. It is also evidence of whether you truly love God.

Many religious people claim they love Jesus, but when it comes time to give, they deny Him by selfishly holding back on their giving, or at best, being miserly in their giving. When the offering plate is passed around at church, instead of being faithful with their complete tithes (that’s 10% of your weekly or monthly gross income), they are the ones who only toss-in a measly dollar or two – just to “keep up appearances.” Jesus described this kind of person as a religious hypocrite, “those who honor me with their lips, but not their hearts. In vain do they worship God.” (Matthew 15:8-9)

Your heart is directly connected to your pocketbook.

If anyone truly loves God, He will have a generous heart and be willing to give sacrificially of their finances. Sacrificial giving was an essential part of Christ’s nature and character (2 Cor. 8:9). God wants us to have the same giving heart that our Lord demonstrated. When we truly love God, we will be especially generous about supporting our local church first in providing for the salaries of our pastors, and the basic expenses of the church or ministry. Secondly, we will also support other ministries outside the local church who are also spiritually feeding us, winning the lost to Christ, and edifying the Body of Christ.

Real Jesus Ministries is a worthy ministry to support.

If you have been blessed by our teaching messages and other biblical resources, why don’t you consider sending us a love offering today? Your donation to Real Jesus Ministries is “seed sown on good ground” because many lives are being helped around the world through our various outreaches. Your faithful partnership with Real Jesus Ministries will surely provide you with great rewards in heaven.

May God richly bless you – spiritually and materially, for donating to Real Jesus Ministries today!

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Jesus Gets Angry

Religious Profiteers

Religious Profiteers

Some people have a hard time with the idea of Jesus getting angry.

Since we believe He was the sinless Son of God, our mental association of anger with sin, makes it difficult to believe Jesus really had an outburst of wrath when He overturned the tables of the moneychangers. But the fact is, He did. There is a time and place for anger – if it is justified and controlled. It is possible to get angry without sinning. The apostle Paul spoke about this in the Book of Ephesians:

“Be angry, and sin not; do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” – Ephesians 4:26

The problem with anger is that, most of us, usually get angry in a manner that is uncontrolled. When that happens, it becomes sin. We also have a tendency to brood over our anger, which turns into resentment and bitterness. If you’re going to get angry, you must do it in a controlled way (where it is not sinful) and get over it quickly – before the sun goes down at the end of that day.

This is the controlled manner in which Jesus got angry in the Jewish temple.

“And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a whip of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”– John 2:13-16

Jesus teaches in the temple

“‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” – Matthew 21:13

Jesus had good reason to get angry. The religious leaders in the temple had established a moneymaking business for themselves of exchanging foreign money for Jewish currency. They had decreed that nothing but Tirian Shekels 1 would be allowed as acceptable currency in the temple (Every year, a Jewish man, 20 years old and older, paid a voluntary half shekel Temple tax to the Jerusalem Temple. This tax, was instituted by Moses – Ex 30:11–16). Jesus was also angry about the selling of animals in the temple for the animal sacrifices.

No doubt this “religious profiteering” made Jesus really mad. I believe Jesus gets really mad about the same kind of religious profiteering that goes on in the Christian churches today. You see a lot of this on the religious TV channels and Christian media. Just about every ministry is trying to sell you something in exchange for teaching you the Word of God. From Christian books, tapes, DVD’s, music CD’s, Bibles, magazines, and all sorts of Christian trinkets. It really makes me sick to my stomach to see this kind of blatant huckstering going on under the pretense of “fundraising”.

When Jesus got angry with the religious leaders it was righteous anger over their merchandising of His Father’s house. He became indignant watching the religious leaders (who knew better) polluting the temple of God with their moneymaking enterprises. In fulfillment of Old Testament Messianic prophecy, the “zeal” of Jesus “for God’s house did eat Him up!” (Psalm 69:9). From that time, Jesus essentially “declared war” on the hypocritical religious leaders, and exercised His authority as the Son of God to clean up the corruption. The religious establishment didn’t take this lightly. More than ever, Jesus was a threat to their apostate leadership, and they began to plot how to kill Jesus.

A godly remnant.

Despite rampant religious hypocrisy and apostasy, God always has a godly and faithful remnant in all ages. There were still many in Israel who truly loved God and revered His temple, even though most of the religious leaders were false shepherds who exploited the people of God and used their priestly (ministerial) positions to make a fat salary, and even get rich.

Have things really changed today? I don’t believe so.

The Christian churches are full of these same kind of false shepherds and the same religious profiteering. If Jesus came back today, I believe He would turn over the tables of the moneychangers once again,  and He would expose many of today’s so-called pastors and preachers for the Pharisaical hypocrites they are.

Now don’t get me wrong — I’m not against Christian leadership. I am a preacher myself. I don’t claim that I am yet perfected (only Jesus is), but I’m trying to walk faithfully before the Lord and allowing Him to make me more like Him everyday. I also know of other godly ministers that are doing likewise, and I would happily endorse their ministries. However, I also see many pastors and preachers who are not at all sincere; they are the bad apples in the bunch, and the ones who give Christianity a bad name among the unsaved, and cause other believers to stumble.

Like Jesus, I also get angry with what I see going on in God’s house, and I am not afraid to speak my mind about it. I also encourage the body of Christ to be good stewards of their prayers and financial support of preachers, churches, and ministries. There are still many who are doing the work of God faithfully. But there are also many that I wouldn’t even “give the time of day to” in support of their ministries. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment: to show you who to support with your tithes and offerings, and which ones not to.

–         Luis Josephus

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1. Tyrian shekels (Tyrian tetradrachmas) were coins of Tyre, which in the Roman Empire took on an unusual role as the medium of payment for the Temple tax in Jerusalem, and subsequently gained notoriety as a likely mode of payment for Judas Iscariot. The coins bore the likeness of the Phoenician god Melqart or Baal, accepted as the Olympian Herakles by the Greeks and derided as Beelzebub by Jews in the time of the Seleucids, wearing the laurel reflecting his role in the Tyrian games and the Ancient Olympics.[1] These coins, the size of a modern Israeli half-shekel, were minted in Israel, but were required to bear this image by the Romans to avoid accusations that the Jews were given autonomy.[2] They were replaced by First Jewish Revolt coinage in 66 AD.
The Tyrian shekel weighed four Athenian drachmas, about 14 grams, more than earlier 11-gram Israeli shekels, but was regarded as the equivalent for religious duties at that time.[3] Because Roman coinage was only 80% silver, the purer (94% or more) Tyrian shekels were required to pay the temple tax in Jerusalem, but were exchanged by moneychangers in the temple for coins with the approved priestly image
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_shekel

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COMMENT from Kesia: ” I think you have to make a conscious decision to chose the action or not hold on to crap at all. If something needs to be done get it done not in strife, if you cant do it without strife, get rid of the anger. Let it go!”